Thursday, March 09, 2006

25. "Self-Made Man" ~ Nora Vincent

Nora Vincent first observed the gender inequities when walking down her street in Hell's Kitchen while dressed in drag. The cat-calls, the come-ons - all disappeared. Men on their stoops looked away from her stares.

This set the seed in her mind. What would it be like to be in full-on costume, including stubble (a fascinating process), and "infiltrating" men-only events?

Whether she is bowling with a league, praying in a monastery, or flapping dollar bills at a "titty bar," Vincent's perception of the events are thought-provoking, even more so when she follows up with her own self-derogatory reflections and insinuations.

Though not smooth with beautiful prose, like other non-fiction, this book makes up for it with the fascination factor.

4.4 out of 5.0 Titty Twisters.

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